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rip (someone or something) to shreds

1. To criticize, upbraid, or condemn someone or something severely or thoroughly. A: "Have you heard anything about this movie we're about to see?" B: "Well, one reviewer ripped it to shreds, but I still think it's going to be great." I hear John's bosses ripped him to shreds at his annual performance review.
2. To cause great damage, disorder, or ruin to someone or something. Enjoy the tranquility and order of your house now because soon, your kids will start ripping the place to shreds. Sarah's very first opponent in amateur boxing ripped her to shreds, but that's how it goes for most novice fighters.
See also: rip, shred

rip somebody/something aˈpart/to ˈshreds, ˈbits, etc.

destroy something; criticize somebody/something very strongly: Can you believe it? I spent all that time preparing my report, only to have it ripped to shreds! OPPOSITE: praise somebody/something to the skies
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This year's shortlist includes: A Lesser Sin by Caz Frear; Acting Mysterious by Laura Stewart; Deep Water by Gail Egan; Eighteen Exhibits by Laura Foakes; First Person Singular by Heather Ranby; Hard Play by Asia Mackay; Rip Her To Shreds by Alison Percival; and September by Honoria Beirne.
Heart Of Glass, Rapture, Atomic and Rip Her To Shreds are all here, although maybe not quite as great as the originals older listeners will know and love.
Thus, the songs from first time around - Rip Her to Shreds, Call Me, One Way or Another - fitted perfectly with the 1999 comeback Maria and 2011 single Mother.
In her denim mini-skirt, a gangster's fedora and blonde bob, Debby Harry was a picture of pension-age cool during Hanging On The Telephone, Denis and Rip Her To Shreds.
The model may have asked for it, but the way the former All Saints singer tried to rip her to shreds was shocking.
The album includes 19 of their classic hits from the early days of Rip Her To Shreds and X Offender to their number ones Maria, Sunday Girl, Atomic, Heart of Glass and Call Me.
Remarkably their debut effort remains, in many ways, the freshest and most intriguing of the six - no major hits but a glorious bunch of designer chic meets punk songs like X Offender, In the Flesh, A Shark in Jets Clothing, Rip Her to Shreds and The Attack of the Giant Ants.
The future of the past--the past being, respectively, the catch and curl of Dolly Parton's voice in "My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy" and the unaccompanied mountain ballads she harks back to, and the glee and resentment of old Blondie records like "Rip Her to Shreds" and old Au Pairs records like "It's Obvious." Plus just a hint of "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow."
Peraino, a graduate student in Social Anthropology at the University of York in Toronto, "'Rip Her to Shreds:' Women's Music According to a Butch-Femme Aesthetic;" Mitchell Morris, "On Gaily Reading Music"; Karen Pegley and Virginia Caputo, "Growing Up Female(s): Retrospective Thoughts on Musical Preferences and Meanings;" and Gregory Salmon "Tutti accusan le donne: Schools of Reason and Folly in Cosi fan tutte," the last four authors musicology students at Berkeley.
Lets hope the fashion press don't rip her to shreds over this outfit.
Classic followed classic and the crowd went wild for The Tide Is High, Rip Her To Shreds and a mindblowing version of Rapture.